Super Dinosaur

Super Dinosaur #23

by Alan Rapp on January 11, 2015

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Super Dinosaur #23To call the release of Super Dinosaur inconsistent would be kind. The large irregular gaps between issues has made me wonder more than once whether or not the comic was silently killed by Image. Returning for a single issue to wrap-up the current story arc involving the attack on the Dyna Dome and the reunion of the Dynamo family, Super Dinosaur #23 offers plenty of action as well as sets up a new arc when the comic returns after (yet another) prolonged hiatus.

I do take some issue with Derek‘s reaction (or lack thereof) to the fact that his newly-returned mother poisoned his best friend along with the attacking dinosaurs without first attempting to warn Super Dinosaur to get clear. Despite SD’s deteriorating condition everything at the Dynamo Dome appears hunky dory, well at least until the return of the Exile and the invasion of humankind by the Reptiloids.

Given the responsibilities of Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard on other titles I don’t know when Super Dinosaur will return but I hope that when it does we won’t get the same multi-month gaps we’ve seen over the show’s recent publication. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #22

by Alan Rapp on March 4, 2014

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Super Dinosaur #22The battle for the fate of the Dynamo Dome begins as Tyrannosaurus X and his dyno-soldiers invade just as Derek and Super Dinosaur make it back with the cure to bring Derek’s mother out her long coma and into a world that she may not be quite ready to face.

There’s plenty of action to be found here, along with a new suit of armor for Super Dinosaur, as all the residents take up arms (including Erika and Erin, and their parents) to kick the dinosaurs out of their homes. Fans waiting for an action-packed issue between Super Dinosaur and all of his various enemies will certainly get their money’s worth here.

Ending on a cliffhanger with Mega Raptor defeated, but the fate of Dynamo Dome still in doubt, Derek’s mother makes a dangerous choice that her son may never be able to forgive her for. It will be interesting to see how her actions, both immediate genocidal tendencies and future actions, will effect the dynamic of the book going forward. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #21

by Alan Rapp on February 3, 2014

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Super Dinosaur #21In need of a chemical to help revive his mother from her suspended animation, Derek Dynamo and Super Dinosaur head out on a stealth mission to break into one of Max Maximus‘ old safe houses (which has been taken over by Tyrannosaurus X and his army.

The choice of Derek and SD for a stealth mission is pretty questionable and provides some fun (Super Dinosaur’s reaction to being seen, Wheels’ new flight mode) and head-scratching moments (Super Dinosaur inexplicably falling asleep in the enemy base – unless this is foreshadowing something more ominous down the line).

Honestly anytime I find a Super Dinosaur comic I’m pleasantly surprised as the series release schedule has become incredibly inconsistent. Writer Robert Kirkman and artist Jason Howard have been putting out only a single issue of the monthly title every four months. Although there are a couple odd moments here, there’s still quite a bit of fun to be had. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #20

by Alan Rapp on September 3, 2013

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Super Dinosaur #20After a three-month hiatus Super Dinosaur returns with new toys for Derek Dynamo and his best bud Super Dinosaur and a new mission to find the right isotope needed from Max Maximus‘ former confederates which is the only possible cure for his mother’s coma.

With no word on the series for months I had wondered if it had been cancelled. Thankfully Derek and SD live to fight on another day as the latest issue dresses the pair as both ninja gear and spies – because if you’ve never seen a talking Tyrannosaurus Rex in a tux try to talk his way into an exclusive party you haven’t really lived.

While working diligently on finding a cure for his mother both Derek and his father let other problems slide as the issue’s B-story sets up the next arc when Tyrannosaurus-X liberates the Dino Men from Earthcore Headquarters and begins to set in motion his new villainous scheme. I’ve missed you Super Dinosaur, welcome back. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #19

by Alan Rapp on May 8, 2013

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Super Dinosaur #19Derek Dynamo and Super Dinosaur get their first taste of Tyrannosaurus X when the super-powered dinosaur version of Max Maximus battles the two heroes above the Statue of Liberty and all through New York City.

The pair have their hands full with a villain whose at least as smart as Derek and more powerful than Super Dinosaur. In terms of action Super Dinosaur #19 certainly delivers as the entire comic (aside from the scenes shown in Dynamo Dome) are all focused on the fight (and Tyrannosaurus X kicking our heroes butts).

Although Derek and SD win the day (with a little luck and a giant explosion from SD’s overloaded armor), the comic does a good job of setting up Tyrannosaurus X as a legitimate threat in a way that mad scientist Max Maximus never quite worked. Here’s hoping we see much more of the new super-villain in the coming months. Worth a look.

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